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Nov 09, 2021 | ISBN 9781646220052

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“Memorable reflections on writing and life from an author who pulls no punches.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“[A] winning collection of essays . . . With infectious curiosity and sympathy, Powell covers literature, sports, and the American South . . . Powell’s prose is razor-sharp, and locales such as New Orleans and Bermuda come alive through his shrewd eye and distinctive storytelling. His insightful observations on the craft and teaching of writing are a bonus. This will delight Powell’s fans and should gain him some new ones, too.” —Publishers Weekly

Indigo, like all Powell’s writing, has a kind of radiance, wild joy, and cantankerous sympathy. In the firmament of modern writing, he’s in his own constellation.” –-Alec Wilkinson, staff writer for The New Yorker, author of Moonshine and The Ice Balloon

Indigo is such a great book—somehow all at once an ars poetica, memento mori, and self-portrait in a convex mirror.” —David Shields, author of Reality Hunger and The Thing About Life Is That Someday You’ll Be Dead

Indigo is an excellent book, which I loved. Apart from the expected Padgett Powell things—acuity, comedy, sudden 3D-image-infliction—it develops the character of the essayist over the course of all the pieces in a way that’s not un-novel-like.” —Adam Levin, author of The Instructions and Bubblegum

Praise for Padgett Powell:

“I have just come off of reading Cries for Help, Various, and I am changed. I am indoctrinated. I am a disciple. I am an earnest, resignedly bewildered, fan. . . . A few of these pieces are the kind of ecstatic exercise that some will decry as decidedly not short stories in the classical sense, and others, if you deign to peer beneath the frenetic lunacy, are built with such steel-forged structures that even narrative purists will find them sound.” —Los Angeles Review of Books

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